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Bertha The Essential Doula LLC .

Certified Birth Doula & Placenta Encapsulator


Phone: 478-952-2886

Birth Fee: $750 to $950

Fee Details: Congratulations on your growing family! I’m Bertha Yoder a Certified Professional Doula with Stillbirthday, and a Certified Placenta Encapsulator with Brilliant Birth Acadamy. As a birth doula, I help expectant families prepare for birth & walk with you through pregnancy, labor and those first few weeks of having a newborn. I am here to provide you with education, support and to help you prepare for one of THE most incredible moments. Studies have shown mothers using doulas benefit from: Shorter labor with fewer complications /Reduced need for interventions/Reduced C-section rates/Reduced stress and anxiety/ Increased positive feelings about their birth experiences/Better success with breastfeeding. My Birth Doula Packages start at $750. Please visit my website to learn more at I require a deposit of half the total fee, due at the signing of the contract, with the remainder due by week 36. I look forward to chatting with you!

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 24 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Stillbirthday - Certified Birth and Bereavement Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 2018
  • Stillbirthday, January 2019
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Will attend Midwife assisted home births.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Intro to childbirth for Doulas

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeeding for Doula's

Other Relevant Certifications

  • 4. Biologix Solutions Bloodborne Pathogens for Placenta Encapsulation Specialists Trained
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Certified placental encapsulation with Brilliant Birth Academy

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reflexology
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Bertha The Essential Doula LLC .

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I can't say enough good things about Bertha.  This was my first time hiring a doula (baby #5). From the first meeting she had with my husband and me, to labor, delivery and follow ups and visits postpartum, she was so knowledgeable and always made us aware of our choices. Shes such a comforting and peaceful presence and helped me know just when I needed to head to the hospital. During labor and delivery she helped to get the baby into proper position which sped up the labor, and was a positive encouragement the whole way though. We love her to death and she made our experience a very happy one! Please do yourself a favor and gift yourself with Bertha as your doula. You won't regret it! 

Posted 1/14/2020

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Chelsea Collins

With my third (and possibly last) pregnancy, I decided I wanted a natural birth with no pain medication. Being new to the idea, I began my research and decided I needed a doula to help me on my journey before, during, and after. I was in a local baby store one day and came across her card so I reached out and we met one evening to see if we were a good match. Bertha has one of those faces and demeanors that makes you feel like you've known her forever. Her sweet smile and genuine, listening ears made me realize she was perfect for the job. Over the next few months until my delivery, Bertha would reach out to see how things were going and answer any questions I had. In my last month, she gave some great advice on how to speed things along and help get my body ready. She came to our house and met with me and my husband for about two hours to go through our birth plan and show us a few exercises for mom and baby. When the time came, it was middle of the night and I text Bertha around 2am. She responded right away and said she'd be at my house within an hour. (We live 45 mins apart.) She walked my neighborhood with me at 3:30 in the morning until contractions got closer. My labor went fairly quickly (arrived at hospital around 4:30am and delivered at 5:45) but Bertha was there as a coach, guide, and advocate. She has "all the things" although I needed none of them. Like I said, my baby came quickly. But she is so amazing! She visited baby and me after we were home from the hospital with the sweetest gift. I am so thankful for her and blessed to consider her my friend now. I highly recommend her whatever your birth plan may be. 

Posted 12/30/2019

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If you are looking for someone to support you through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum, look no further!
Bertha was a huge blessing to us during the birth of our son and is so much more than just a birth coach. From providing information and support during  pregnancy to continuous support during labor, her presence is gentle and calming and she’s definitely someone you want by your side. Preparing for labor and being informed ahead of time is so helpful and hiring a doula is a great way to educate yourself. Bertha went above and beyond in caring for us and I truly don’t know what we would’ve done without her. Every pregnancy and birth is different and the flexibility and support she showed us through everything was amazing. It’s definitely worth investing in a doula and my husband and I highly recommend Bertha!

Posted 12/10/2019

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Mellissa Yoder

She was a important part of our birthing team. She was very attentive and helpful throughout my labor and delivery. She was encouraging and helped my husband know how best to help me. She was a blessing through my long labor! 

Posted 12/8/2019

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Lindsey Yoder

We were ever so grateful to have Bertha on our birth team!!! From the beginning of my pregnancy through postpartum, she was the biggest blessing and we can't imagine having gone through it without her! She's super supportive of your wishes and strives to help you have the birth you desire, and when things don't go as you'd hoped or planned, she has a wealth of knowledge and we were so thankful to have her to be able to talk things through and ask advice, but she was also a great emotional support! 
We hired her because it was our first time and we knew having someone experienced there to guide and support us was best for both us and our sweet baby, but thought it would probably be a one time thing because after this we would know more what to expect for the next one. But, we already know we want her for the next one as well! 
Both my husband and I would highly recommend having a Bertha as your doula no matter what number of pregnancy it may be, but especially if it's your first! 
She makes you aware of and prepares you for things you would not have thought of on your own, and being informed before hand m is something you can't put a price on! 

Posted 12/5/2019

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Judith Yoder

I had requested of Bertha to do the plancenta encapsulation for me after the birth of our sixth child. She was happy to do it for me and she did a great job at it. Within 24 hours after picking up the placenta she had the capsules ready to take . 

Posted 12/4/2019

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Ashley Libby

Where do I even begin?! Bertha is heaven sent. I couldn’t imagine going through birth without her. From the moment we met her, I could tell how passionate she is about her job and making us feel the most at ease as possible. If there was any thing I was concerned about or needed to find credible research on, Bertha had it. She answered all my questions and worries and helped my husband and I feel confident going into birth. Her birth class was amazing and she helped me with stretches to do pre birth and showed my husband ways to get me more comfortable as I grew. At my birth in the hospital, Bertha came very early and helped me through every contraction and helped my husband relax. He has even said so many times how stress free it was having someone so experienced help us through the process and navigate the unknown. If it weren’t for Bertha we more than likely would have ended up in a c section situation. She reminded us of our options throughout the entire birth and made sure that we were able to have a birth we were happy with. Investing in a Doula is definitely one of the best things my husband and I did for our birth. Bertha is incredible and we will always appreciate everything she did for us. 

Posted 10/19/2019

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Celeste Richard

Bertha was wonderful! She was attentive to all my needs and knew exactly what to say and do. She was even supportive after the birth when I hit a rough patch. I am so glad that I hired a doula and was able to have such a fantastic experience. I highly recommend Bertha for your doula needs!

Posted 8/15/2019

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Bertha was an amazing doula and God sent. she was so helpful up to my delivery date, during labor and postpartum! She always presented me with options I had and will put together an amazing birth plan that's easy for the nurse's to read. She was also so prompt and would respond to any questions I had in a very timely manner. If you're looking to have someone to support your during your labor, I would highly recommend her!!

Posted 6/27/2019

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Bertha was a God-send for our labor and delivery! She helped us out during active labor, pushing and birth!! She worked with my husband to show him techniques to help with my contractions. She used essential oils to soothe my pain and to create a warm environment. She was definitely my advocate and helped me to keep a natural birth even when I thought I couldn’t! Bertha was kind, considerate and I would recommend her to any mama looking for a doula! I couldn’t imagine doing it without her and all of her birthing knowledge!! SO GRATEFUL!!

Posted 4/17/2019

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Katheryn Yoder

Bertha was an amazing help to both me and my husband through the pregnancy and delivery. If I ever had any questions I could call or text any time. Through labor she was absolutely amazing and helped me have a wonderful labor, she calmed me down and was able to suggest things I could do to work through contractions. She kept a positive atmosphere through labor and delivery. Me and my husband were both able to enjoy a wonderful labor, thanks to Bertha Yoder!! 

Posted 3/18/2019

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Mona Martin

She did an absolutely wonderful job! If you're looking for a doula I highly recommend her! It was very calming to have someone there that knew what was going on and had ways to make laboring easier!

Posted 11/7/2018

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Lisa Yoder

She did great. She massaged my belly and ankles with essential oils, applied hip pressure once contractions got stronger. After delivery she massaged my lower back. She che up on me post partum too. I’d recommend her to anyone.

Posted 8/24/2018

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Emmalee Staggs

Bertha was excellent in guiding me through/educating me during  my pregnancy. She is very knowledgeable on any topic that I had questions about from natural pain management techniques, to essential oils, encouraging labor to begin, VBAC advice and so much more. During labor and delivery she is  steady, encouraging, attentive calm and so very helpfu! I am so happy that I chose Bertha as my doula and would definitely recommend her to any woman looking for a positive, relaxed birth experience!

Posted 8/24/2018

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